What Is Therapeutic Riding ?
The therapeutic riding lesson program is modeled after PATH International, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
PATH Intl., a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. With more than 4,500 certified instructors and equine specialists and more than 850 member centers around the globe, more than 7,600 PATH Intl. members help 58,300 children and adults–including more than 3,310 veterans and active-duty military personnel–with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year. In addition to therapeutic riding, our program offer a number of therapeutic equine-related activities, including hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, ground work and stable management. More recently, programs offer services in human growth and development to serve wide-ranging audiences for such educational purposes as leadership training, team building and other human capacity enhancement skills for the workplace and for daily use.
Spring Meadow incorporates all elements of PATH:
Our interdisciplinary team approach brings together the Therapeutic Riding Instructor with classroom teachers and licensed therapists in the areas of Physical, Occupational, Speech & Language, and Expressive Therapies.
Therapeutic riding lessons are planned with these goals
for each individual in mind:
Prospective participants are provided with information and the forms required for application. Once all forms are completed and returned to us, the staff assesses the applicants eligibility. If accepted into the program, therapeutic goals are established and progress is documented during each weekly lesson.
Therapeutic riding lessons include:
- Developing basic riding skills
- Exercises to develop physical balance and strength
- Games for socialization and language interaction
- Outdoor riding during good weather
For more information, ask for our therapeutic riding lessons brochure or call 203-877-4784